Button Quail Experts Needed!!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PoultryQueen29, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a board with some questions about button quail before but now that I have gotten the ok to get some I have some questions about what I should buy and how I should care for them.

    Housing:
    -How many square feet does a pair of buttons need?
    -Would two pairs live together peacefully or do they have to seaparate them (if so with what)?
    -What should I put in the cage? (plants, domes, bedding, etc.)
    -What is the best way to house them? (tank, cage, etc.)

    Feeding:
    -What should I feed them?
    -Do hens need oyster grit or vitamins?

    Other:
    -How long do they live?
    -Do you need to control lighting so the hens don't "overlay" and shorten their life?

    I need answers from someone who has or had buttons and can tell me exactly what I need!
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012
  2. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?
     
  3. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    answers in bold(as best as i can answer)

    This is my tank(i had to add the border on the bottom so they wouldn't see their reflections.

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  4. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Someone told me to have at lease 4 square feet for 2 pairs in a cage
     
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    everyone that i know(that REALLY knows buttons) say to keep a pair to a cage, i'm not saying you can keep 2 pairs in a cage, but depending on the males fighting could ensue

    also let it be known that i am in NO WAY a button expert, i'm only repeating what i've heard from quaillady
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Yes, pairs can drive other pairs off or harm them if they aren't in a big enough space to make their own territories. I sold two pairs to the Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers FL and they have a greenhouse with the butterflies. Each pair took a side of the greenhouse. There is a bridge that is in between. If a male or female of one pairs crosses that bridge, there is mayhem. It is best to house a pair in their own environment unless you have a big enough aviary for two pairs.
     
  7. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks for the help!

    Another question, how would a trio work out? I would think the more females a male has the happier he would be. But I don't know that much about quail, especially buttons.
     
  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Button quail are monogamous so it is best to house them in the way they were designed, 1M 1F
     
  9. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright thanks again!
     
  10. PetersonD

    PetersonD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 Also, if in a fish tank made sure there is adequate ventilation... :)
     

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